Imagine, for a moment, you’re driving down the road minding your own business, when all of a sudden that little orange beacon of fury pops on. Yes, the Check Engine light is in full effect and all you can think is….”what’s wrong, and how much is it going to cost me?” If you’ve been sluggish about maintaining your vehicle, it’s only a matter a of time before you’d have to deal with an issue like this. And who knows how much damage you’ve done to the car in the meantime.

The same rules that hold true for your car should also apply to your roof.

Unfortunately, you don’t have the luxury of seeing a Check Engine light if there is something amiss with your roofing system. The straight fact is many building owners put off regularly scheduled maintenance or repairs of their roof and neglect their roofing system because they think they’re saving money, time, effort, or something else.

However, delaying roof repair has both short and long-term effects that many property owners often don’t consider or don’t think are serious. Just as regularly visiting the dentist or having your car serviced prolongs the life of your teeth or vehicle respectively, regularly scheduled roof maintenance can ensure the longevity and performance of your roof, saving thousands of dollars in unnecessary repairs down the road.

So, let’s discuss consequences of not staying on top of roof repairs and maintenance, some warning signs and factors that impact the integrity of your roofing system and, finally, some scenarios that help illustrate the financial impact of handling roof maintenance the right way.



Even small amounts of damage on your roof can lead to leaks. Leaks don’t plug or fix themselves; they can actually expand and allow more water through. You may not see that water is entering the building unless you actually inspect the roof surface itself. The lesson? When you notice problems, handle them immediately! Don’t put leaks or other problems off until it is too late; fix them when you find them!

Increased Energy Costs

Another adverse effect of neglecting your roof is increased energy bills. The same holes that allow water to leak through also let cold air out in the summer and hot air out in the winter. By allowing damage to go unrepaired on your roof surface, you could be paying significantly more on your energy bill each month. Stop the leaks and stop wasting energy.

Decreased Property Value

This speaks for itself. Imagine trying to sell a property that has had severe roof neglect. You’ll likely find it’s very tough getting someone to buy (or at least, you won’t get your asking price - if you can find a buyer at all.) It will be tougher still trying to explain why those steady drips aren’t a problem to the buyer wanting to sink a huge amount of money into buying your building.


We promised to share some of the common factors which can cause roof damage that, left unchecked, could mean big repair bucks coming straight out of your wallet.

Exposure - Either long-term exposure to the elements w/o regular preventative maintenance or short term exposure to damaging air pollutants and chemicals.

Structural Movement - Such as building settlement or expansion/contraction not accommodated by the roofing system.

Biological Growth - Such as vegetation in areas of standing water or algae.

Not Fixing Problems Promptly - These can add up to a much shorter roof life - e.g., if a small problem is not repaired, then a LARGE amount of insulation can be damaged.

Forgetting about Maintenance - This is perhaps the single biggest cause of premature roof failure.

Change in the Use of the Building - Increased interior relative humidity of a building can cause severe condensation problems within the roofing system.


Scenario #1: Imagine for a moment, you had a tear or puncture on your low slope (flat roof). That penetration creates a leak that could cost, for example, $10k if gone unnoticed for even 6 months until it appears as a ceiling leak inside the building. So you get it fixed (this is known as reactive maintenance), then defer maintenance for another few years. When another leak is seen, by evidence of staining on the ceiling inside the building, that new leak in fact isn’t new but has been there for 2 ½ years and finally made its way into the building’s interior infrastructure. Depending on the damage, you could be out $15,000 or more to repair. To sum it up: This roof costs $25,000 in reactive repairs.

Scenario #2: Now let’s take the same building and assume you bought an annual preventative maintenance program from a trusted local roofing company. Twice a year a trusted roofing contractor of your choice sends a one- or two-man crew, perhaps spring and summer, to inspect the roof for approximately $6000 per year, or $3000 per visit. They find those small holes and tears, patch them, clean scuppers, inspect the entire roofing system, caulk areas as needed and in some cases find damage that requires a “repair outside of maintenance scope”. Since the need for the repair was caught early, the cost could be as little as $800 depending on the situation. To sum it up: $3000 x twice a year = $6000, then add a repair at approximately $800, that equals $6800 in proper asset management with preventative maintenance vs scenario #1 above, costing thousands more.


It’s easy to leave things for another day. When it comes to your roof and its repair (or disrepair) budget monies devoted exclusively to roof maintenance and put a maintenance plan in place. Find a trusted advisor/contractor who can help develop a comprehensive roof maintenance program. If you need a roof replacement, invest in one - it will pay huge dividends down the road. Regular roof maintenance, or even full replacement, will ensure that you spot trouble before trouble spots your wallet!


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